How to Choose a Camping Chair

Man in camp chairThe stoical camper will sit in the dirt and not think anything of it. The resourceful camper will find a way to make a seat, whether it’s a cooler, a downed log, or a flat-ish rock. But a prepared camper will think ahead and bring his own camping chair with him.

Having a comfortable seat around the campsite isn’t a necessity for everyone, but a camping chair certainly makes things easier and more enjoyable. So why not bring bring one with you rather than make do with stumps and rocks?

There are many different types of camping chairs. Some are geared toward minimalists and backpackers, while others are geared towards car campers who want all the bells and whistles. There are a few things to think about when you’re getting ready to choose a camping chair.

Big factors

  • one person vs. two person camping chairs
  • features (cup holders, foot rests, trays, etc.)
  • comfort – stools are the least comfortable, and chairs with a back rest are the most comfortable
  • weight
  • size
  • design (how does the chair open/close/assemble?)
  • price

How do you plan on using your chair?

This may seem like an unnecessary question to ask. You intend to use your camp chair for sitting, obviously. But there’s more to it than that.

Thinking about the following questions can help you figure out what features to look for.

  • Are you going to take your chair on a backpacking trip?
  • Do you want a deluxe and cozy camping chair that will just stay at the campsite, or do you want a light and portable camping chair you can take down to the park or river as well?
  • Will you use your camping chairs for your backyard BBQ?
  • Do you want to be able to throw your chair in a canoe for an overnight float, or toss it in a backpack for a day of exploring?

Camping chairs for backpacking

When it comes to backpacking, people tend to think about two things. How much does it weigh, and how much space does it take up?

Many backpackers choose to forgo a camp chair altogether. However, squatting, or sitting on the hard ground for days on end can make you wish you had carried that extra weight for a proper seat.

Camping stools or lightweight backpacking chairs are the way to go for backpacking. They don’t weigh much, and many pack down to a size that’s just slightly larger than a water bottle.

Camping chairs for car camping

Camping at a pull up site provides you with more camping chair options than backpacking. It’s not like you have to haul everything around on your back for miles and miles. You get to drive your camping equipment directly to your camping spot, so you might as well live it up.

Car campers get to enjoy full-size camping chairs with back rests, equipped with side tables, cup holders, and bottle openers. Basically, the only limiting factor is whether or not the chair fits in your car.

The best method to choose a camping chair

You can read reviews online, and watch products videos, but really there’s only one fool-proof method for choosing the camping chair that’s perfect for your needs.

Stop by your local outdoor gear store and test drive camping chairs for yourself! Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters carries a great selection of camping chairs. Check out or stock of Kelty camping chairs, GSI camping chairs, and more!

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